They wanted to take advantage of the favorable weather.
About fifty migrants were rescued Wednesday as they tried to cross the Channel on often precarious boats, while 63 others were taken care of by the French authorities on a beach in Pas-de-Calais, the prefectures announced. .
On Wednesday morning, around sixty migrants, including 22 children, were taken care of on the beach at Wimereux, after the failure of their attempt to cross the Channel, according to the Pas-de-Calais prefecture.
Sixty-three people - 31 men, 10 women and 22 children - were found on this beach near Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Safe and sound
“These people were quickly taken care of by the firefighters.
Their condition does not inspire concern, they did not have to be transported to the Calais hospital ", indicated the prefecture, specifying that 55 of them had been" sheltered in a center of reception of Pas-de-Calais ”.
On the same day, 53 people were rescued as they attempted to reach England on boats ranging from "beach gear" to pleasure craft, kayaks, inflatable canoes and dinghies. 'Optimist, the Channel and North Sea Maritime Prefecture reported in a statement.
All these migrants were brought back to land safe and sound thanks to the intervention, among others, of the Gris-Nez regional operational surveillance and rescue center (CROSS), the maritime gendarmerie, the SNSM and "users of the sea ”, underlines the maritime prefecture.
In Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne-sur-Mer, they were handed over to the border police.
More and more attempts
Favorable weather conditions prompted the migrants to undertake the crossing by boat overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, while these attempts at illegal crossings have increased in recent months, despite the risks and the mobilization of significant surveillance resources.
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In mid-August, the body of a 28-year-old Sudanese migrant was found on a beach in Sangatte (Pas-de-Calais).
He had tried to cross the Channel on a small rubber dinghy, accompanied by a Sudanese teenager.
The Channel is "one of the busiest areas in the world and where the weather conditions are often difficult (120 days of wind greater than or equal to force 7 on annual average for example), and therefore dangerous for human life", recalls the press release. of the maritime prefecture.
According to a count made by AFP, at least 1,073 migrants have been intercepted at sea since the beginning of January by the French authorities, while they tried to cross the Channel using makeshift boats or by swimming.